Dr. Cleary's Prescription

Dr. Eilish Cleary, our Chief Medical Office of Health, has done New Brunswickers a tremendous favour. In demonstrating what the practice of public health should be all about - she clearly articulated what most of us know, the state of both our social and physical environments can make us sick, as well as undermine the well-being of our communities. In her report, she recommended, in the face of possible shale gas development, that government spend its dollars on preventative measures up front, to avoid the high costs of dealing with ill-health and social problems after the fact. The Green Party goes one step further. As the technology for extracting shale gas is so full of risks, we wouldn't go down that road at all. There is no point in calling for a moratorium, as the other opposition parties do, when regulations, even if they are diligently enforced, cannot make shale gas extraction safe or innocuous for communities. Just leave it locked in the rock. Let's work on building a green economy instead. Continue reading

We Are All Treaty People

January 8, 2012By David Coon We are treaty people, whether aboriginal or not. Those of us who are not members of First Nations don't usually think of ourselves as treaty people, but it is the case. The courage of Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement have opened a door for us to stand beside our aboriginal neighbours to say our treaties must be honoured by Ottawa and Fredericton.  In the Maritimes, treaties were signed between First Nations and representatives of the Crown following protracted and unwinnable warfare. No side was conquered. No territory was ceded. Instead, Treaties of Peace and Friendship, as they were called, established the terms of peaceful co-existence recognizing First Nations as sovereign peoples with the right to earn a living from the resources provided by the land and water, enshrined in Canada's constitution today. Continue reading

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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